SUMMARY

30 November 2001




SUMMARY

Little change after Browns statement

Farmers have little to celebrate following Chancellor Gordon Browns pre-Budget statement. But thankfully no new hardships have been imposed, though a pesticide tax remains a real threat, says one accountant……………….p20

Insurer secures tie-up

Insurance group FarmWeb has linked up with new insurance provider NIG. The partnership hopes to double its market share, but wont be doing it by undercutting premiums……..p22

The weakest link

UK farmers are losing out because of the inefficiency of the food chain, according to a Dutch banker speaking at an NFU conference. Farmers should move into primary processing, delegates heard……p24

Financial tightrope

Tirine, our adopted farm in Scotland, looks set to break even for the year – just. But gross margins for the sheep enterprise have not covered fixed costs and the price for malting barley disappointed…………………….p25

Best get better

Some arable farmers are succeeding in their efforts to cut labour and machinery costs, says accountant Grant Thornton. But the top 25% of performers are making the biggest gains while the bottom quartile are still struggling..p26

Markets campaign

Help to safeguard the future of the livestock industry by joining the LAA/FW campaign to get auction markets reopened. The NFU and the National Beef and Sheep Associations are backing us and you can do your bit too……………………p30


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